January Tan joins the podcast to talk about finding your passion and success as a single parent. January is the CEO and Founder of Passionpreneur. She built two businesses while homeschooling her son as a single mom.
What follows is an overview of Episode 66 of Grace for Single Parents podcast. To listen to the complete interview with January, click the link below or search for Grace for Single Parents wherever you listen to podcasts.
January talks about when she decided to pull her son out of traditional school and homeschool him as well as build her business.
She talks about a difficult time in her life when her job was in a different city than where she lived and her son was. She would leave him with her parents and fly back and forth.
It was a very, very difficult time of a very difficult season of my life. I was miserable. I had a good job, but I was miserable.
Clinging to God’s Promises
At the time, she clung to Matthew 17:20.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
Back then it felt like all the problems that I was going through were just one big mountain. I didn’t know what to do, so if you ask me where I got my confidence from, the long and short of it is that I got it from the Lord. It’s from clinging onto his promises.
Another promise of the Lord that she references is Jeremiah 29:11.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
It’s always been just my son and me from the start. [The Lord] has provided for us above and beyond all that we can ask or imagine.
January talks about God’s perfect timing in her life and how He showed up when it seemed like it was too late.
She explains she had a wonderful support system in her parents.
I always try to encourage single mothers if they can try to get some people who are willing to support them, grandparents, some close friends, or other single moms.
January tried many different jobs and entrepreneurial paths, during which time she was searching for her passion as well as taking care of her son.
I was learning to listen to myself, learning and listening to what I was comfortable putting out there.
She tried selling, being a wedding planner, a construction business, and more.
What is the best part of being a single mom?
I think it’s being able to build a strong relationship with my son.
At the start, it wasn’t really my choice to be a single mom. I was heartbroken that I had to be one for a time. I was very resentful…but just being able to see my son grow up from that young child with a learning difficulty to the student leader that he is now, he’s the greatest blessing in the world.
The advantage of being a single mom is that you are able to impart your particular set of beliefs and values and character into them without an interfering signal, so to speak.
“If the Lord gives you vision, he will also give you the provision for it.”